Indian Badminton League is a franchise league created, managed and owned by commercial partners Sporty Solutionz Private Limited. With the brand value of US$1 million, Indian Badminton League is the richest badminton league in the world The inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League is held in India from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013. The players' auction for the first IBL (2013 Indian Badminton League) was held in Delhi on 22 July 2013. The league has 6 franchises representing the Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, and Lucknow and the matches were played in two legs, home and away.
The league kicked off at Delhi with a gala ceremony on 14 August 2013. The Finals were played at Mumbai on 31 August 2013. Semi-finals were held at Hyderabad 28 Aug 2013 and Bangalore on 29 Aug 2013.Hyderabad Hotshots won the inaugural IBL title at Mumbai on 31 August 2013.
The first season auctions were scheduled on 30 June 2013 which were postponed to 19 July 2013 and again postponed to 22 July 2013. The 2013 auctions were held in Delhi and were conducted by International Auctioneer Bob Hayton. The highest paid players were the Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, sold for $135,000 to Mumbai Masters and Indian Saina Nehwal who went to Hyderabad for $120,000. The auction itself was not short of controversy. The base price of Indian marquee players, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were halved from USD 50,000 to USD 25,000, without the players' notice. The rules dictated that each team will have not less than 10 players and not more than 11, including a junior player and four foreign players. At least four players (three men and a woman) must be nominated for a match. The ceiling on foreign players in a contest is three while no individual plays over two matches. Chinese players did not take part in the inaugural Indian Badminton League because clash with their national games.
IBL is based on the Sudirman Cup format. But IBL’s major difference would be an additional men’s singles match instead of the women’s doubles. So a typical face-off would have two men’s, one women’s singles, one men’s doubles, and one mixed doubles matches played back-to-back. The entire engagement is expected to last about three hours.In the group stage, all five matches in a contest must be completed, even if a team wins the first three. In the knockout phase, the team winning the first three advances to the next stage and need not play the remaining two. In a round-robin format, each team plays the other in a league spread across six cities.
2014 will bring the second season of Indian Badminton League (IBL). The number of players per franchise have been increased from 11 to 13 but the number of teams will remain the same. This season will be played on all the six venues of the first season. The schedule of matches have been postponed from September-October 2014 to January-February 2015.
^"I am very disappointed. Me and Ashwini signed the contract as icon players and we should have been given a better deal. We were not even informed about the reduction of base price. In fact, the news that women's doubles was replaced by another men's singles, I came to know late. What can I say, it is disrespectful and I am deeply hurt and upset by IBL," Jwala said. Ashwini, who won the World Championship bronze along with Jwala in London in 2011, was equally hurt at this last minute decision by the IBL. "I didn't get a call regarding this. No one explained things to me. I am really hurt and deeply upset. Until the auction got over I didn't even know about it," Ashwini said.